Vertical Perspectives

You Are or You Aren't, part two

&ldquo;The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved!&rdquo;<br /><br />Jeremiah 8:20(NKJV)<br /><br />There are no degrees or levels of being saved or lost&mdash;dead or alive. Either you are or you aren&#39;t. &quot;Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life&quot; (1 John 5:12). <p>The Bible does recognize that from an experiential, ethical standpoint, there are degrees or gradations of sin according to knowledge (Luke 12:47&ndash;48; Matt.

You Are or You Aren't

When the Bible uses the word salvation (Gk. soteria) in a spiritual sense, it describes the broad range of God's activity in the process of rescuing people from sin and restoring them to a right relationship with Himself.

A believer has been saved from the guilt of sin (justification, Eph. 2:8), is being saved from the power of sin (sanctification, 1 Cor. 1:18), and will be saved from the judgment of sin (glorification, Acts 15:11). Regeneration is the miraculous work of the Holy Spirit in which a spiritually dead person is made alive in Christ:

Titus 3:5(NKJV)

Looking for a few good men?

Happy Father's Day

It is the tendency of boys and young men to want to play games. Many boys today grow up playing sports and video games without ever having been given any real responsibility or work to do. Consequently, when these boys grow up and get married, they are not quite ready for responsibility, and they are not ready to give up their games. I recently read about a guy who told his wife he would marry her only if she promised to never interfere with his playing softball.

How can I overcome a bad habit?

A bad habit is usually connected to wrong beliefs and attitudes. We should not want to change a habit only because it is embarrassing, expensive, unhealthy, or makes us feel guilty--rather we should want God's perfect will for our lives to be fulfilled. Until we deal with the underlying wrong beliefs that weaken our resistance to the bad habit, we will not be successful in overcoming it.

Is perfection actually possible?

Most people understand that doing evil can keep us out of heaven. But few realize that the Bible also teaches that doing good cannot get us in. None of us could ever gain enough merit to deserve heaven. We are sinful, and God's standard is total perfection. Jesus said, "Unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 5:20). He added, "you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect."

You can run, but you can’t hide

Why is it that when we are going through a rough time that our first response is to stay away from the Church and avoid people of God? We always seem to run. We run from God and we run from each other. It is a fact, that when things are going bad we isolate ourselves and start a private pity party or we complain constantly and get angry with God and the rest of the world. People have been running from God since the days of Adam and Eve. They sinned, ran and hid.

Are You Saved Without a Doubt?

One question that nearly all church members ask is: “How can I be sure of my salvation”? There are two important tests in Scripture for a person to determine whether or not he or she is a true believer.
1. Do you believe that Jesus Christ is God? (John 1:1-5, 14)
2. Have you actually received the Holy Spirit? (Acts 19:2)

Why Should I Be Baptized?

At Believers Bible Church we teach that two ordinances have been committed to the local church: water baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Acts 2:38-42). Both practices are commanded by Christ in Scripture and represent an important part of our relationship with Him. Let’s do a Biblical breakdown of both the purpose and practice of water baptism. Please examine the references for a more complete background on this topic.

Exactly what is Baptism?